A leading British female skater from Greenwich has welcomed the return of the world’s most prestigious skateboarding competition to London in May as the countdown to the sports’ historic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues.
Greenwich’s Helena Long was at the launch of the World Skate/SLS World Tour London event which will again be held at The Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on May 25-26.
It follows the success of 2018’s inaugural competition.
Tickets for the event are on sale.
Long said: “It is an amazing feeling to have the SLS World Tour back in my home city. To have the world’s best skaters here will be incredible for fans and I’ll be aiming to compete – especially with Olympic qualification at stake.
“London has always had a strong and vibrant skate scene and this event will inspire even more Londoners to take it up.”
This year’s format ensures a minimum of three British men and women will compete. It will count towards qualification for Tokyo 2020.
Among those expected to attend the event are last year’s winners Yuto Horigome and Jenn Soto.
Fans will get the chance to see some of the world’s best skaters battle it out for pride and prizes in a custom-built concrete skate plaza, designed to inspire innovative tricks and take skateboarding to new heights.
Organisers say the competition features an exciting easy-to-follow format, anchored by instant scoring, resulting in down to the last trick ‘buzzer-beater’ moments that appeal to both die-hard fans and new spectators alike.